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FSPCA IAVA Food Defense Course
Time Zone Conversion

8:00 a.m. ET = 7:00 a.m. CT / 5:00 a.m. PT

8:00 a.m. CT = 9:00 a.m. ET / 6:00 a.m. PT

8:00 a.m. PT = 11:00 a.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. CT


Course Description

In this 1-day Live-Virtual FSPCA Intentional Adulteration Vulnerability Assessments (IAVA) course, participants delve into the core components essential for conducting a vulnerability assessment that aligns with FDA requirements for Food Defense Plan Preparation. Upon successful completion of this training, individuals gain the necessary skills to fulfill the FDA's Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (IA) rule.
The IA rule is designed to safeguard against intentional adulteration and potential harm to public health, including acts of terrorism targeting the food supply. This regulatory framework mandates specific activities to be undertaken by a "Food Defense Qualified Individual" (FDQl). This course is the "standardized curriculum" developed by the FSPCA and recognized by the FDA.

What's Included

FSPCA Course Participant Manual, FSPCA Exercise workbook and Answer Key

Earn Your Official FSPCA Certificate

Upon successful completion, you will receive an official FSPCA Food Defense "Qualified Individual" certificate issued by AFDO.

Online Learning

Take advantage of the Live-Virtual format and take the training from anywhere. Interact with instructors and classmates.

Become a FDQI | Comply with FDA Requirements


• Overview of Food Defense Measures

• Key Activity Types (KATs)

• Preliminary Steps for Developing a Food

Defense Plan

• Inherent Characteristics

• Considering the Inside Attacker

• The 3 Fundamental Element Approach for

conducting a Vulnerability Assessments;

• Potential Public Health Impact

• Degree of Physical Access to Product

• The Ability of an Attacker to Successfully

Contaminate Product

• Identifying Actionable Process Steps (APSs)

• The Hybrid Approach

• Mitigation Strategies Introduction


• Define Food Defense Plan contents.

• Progressively conduct a Vulnerability Assessment using the 3 Fundamental Element Approach for a model facility throughout the course.

• Understand FDA requirements for the Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (IA) rule.

• Participate in discussions, group work, and individual learning activities.

Recommended For

• Domestic and foreign companies that are required to register with the FDA as food facilities under the FederalFood, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act.

• Food Defense Coordinators

• QA Managers

• Production Supervisors

• Operations Managers

• SQF/BRC Practitioners and Auditors

• HACCP Coordinators

• Food Safety Technicians

• Auditors

Course Instructors

Bita Saidi

FSPCA Lead Instructor

Nima Saidi

Assisstant Instructor

Bita Saidi FSPCA 1000 Club Recognition Certificate

Bita's outstanding contributions have secured her in the FSPCA 1,000 Club

The 1000 club recognizes FSPCA Lead Instructors who have collectively trained over 1,000 FSPCA course participants across the four FSPCA training curricula; PCQl for Human Food, Animal Food, FSVP and IAVA, leading to the issuance of FSPCA certificates.